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Stephan H.

Stephan Holmquist

20 reviews
Served as transactional and litigation counsel to clients ranging from start-ups to government entities to publicly traded, Fortune 50 companies. Served as outside genera... read more
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Peter K.

Peter Krehbiel

4 reviews
Peter has a diverse practice in both transactional and litigation matters. Peter represents clients in a wide variety of industries banking, fintech and blockchain, consume... read more
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Lance V.

Lance Venable

10 reviews
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I completed my Electrical Engineering degree from the Ira Fulton College of Engineering at Arizona State University and Juris Do... read more
Timothy C.

Timothy Coons

10 reviews
I have built my legal career around assisting business leaders, business owners, and entrepreneurs. My team has advised thousands of individuals through the entire lifecycl... read more
Taylor B.

Taylor Bell

6 reviews
Taylor Bell provides a wide range of general counsel and employment law services to small and mid-sized businesses. He understands the unique human resource needs of start-... read more
Chris J.

Chris Jackson

5 reviews
I'm a business law generalist with over 24 years of experience, including as in-house General Counsel, as outside counsel through my own firm and as an attorney in an Am La... read more
Gary R.

Gary Rosser

4 reviews
Gary graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law with honors and has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Toledo. His ... read more
Robert L.

Robert Larson

2 reviews
Hi, my name is Robert Larson, and I have been a licensed attorney for nearly 20 years (2003). I am licensed to practice law in both Arizona and Utah, and I can also help pe... read more
Robert K.

Robert Knechtel

2 reviews
Representing clients for more than 30 years as a registered patent attorney who also holds an MD (medical doctor) degree. Recently, I received certificate training in machi... read more
Kevin M.

Kevin Mccusker

1 review
With a PhD in physics and a degree in computer engineering, Kevin McCusker applies his knowledge of electrical engineering and physics-related technology to IP matters in a... read more
Bradley S.

Bradley Scott

Experienced commercial real estate and business attorney and broker based in Arizona. Experienced in guiding clients through the commercial real estate and business process... read more
Isabel G.

Isabel Gram, Jd

2 reviews
Business & Franchise Specialist. Isabel is an experienced General Counsel and executive who has 14 years as a practicing attorney and has spent the last 5 years in seni... read more
Paul T.

Paul Ticen

2 reviews
A business and intellectual property attorney, Paul Ticen manages his firm’s IP, Internet disputes, and business practice. He handles both litigation and transactional matters. As a former insurance adjuster and insurance defense attorney, Paul also assists with personal injury and wrongful death practice. Paul is also general counsel to the Scottsdale based fitness brand SICFIT.
James L.

James Larson

2 reviews
James Larson is an attorney at law who serves clients in multiple states, including Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. Apart from being a licensed attorney, James is also a licensed professional engineer. He obtained his legal degree from the Pheonix School of Law. James specializes in labor and employment law, and has exceptional experience in dealing with commercial contracts. He is currently serving as the managing member of Biltmore Legal Services.
Simon K.

Simon Kennedy

2 reviews
Simon Kennedy is a business attorney with 12 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona and received his Juris Doctorate degree in law after he graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Simon specializes in various business-related legal practice areas, and often assists his clients with their legal research and writing needs. Since June 2017, Simon has been serving as an associate at Goldman & Zwillinger.
Craig C.

Craig Cherney

2 reviews
Craig Cherney is a corporate attorney with over two decades of experience. He is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona and Nevada. Craig primarily specializes in real estate law, but is also experienced in debt and bankruptcy related legal practice areas. Craig has a Juris Doctor in law, which he obtained from the San Diego School of Law. He has been a partner attorney at Canterbury Law Group LLP since March 2012.
Paul N.

Paul Nordini

2 reviews
Upon his law school graduation in 2001, with a course emphasis in business strategy and taxation, Mr. Nordini found his strategic approach to legal issues were proving to b... read more
Adam G.

Adam Gunderson

2 reviews
I help business owners and families to plan, build and protect the American Dream. This includes business organization, asset protection, and general business counseling. I... read more
Jeremiah B.

Jeremiah Beitzel

2 reviews
Jeremiah focuses his practice on providing consulting, legal, and outside general counsel services in a variety of areas, including contract drafting and negotiation, nonpr... read more
Justin C.

Justin Cooley

2 reviews
Beginning as a clerk in a large San Diego law firm, I earned my Paralegal Certificate. I worked as a Paralegal for a fast-paced Phoenix law firm for seven years while obtai... read more
Ronald T.

Ronald Tocchini

2 reviews
RONALD TOCCHINI has served as a strategic advisor and advocate for several Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of emerging-growth ventures. His law practice includes interna... read more
Leslie H.

Leslie Harrach

2 reviews
Leslie Harrach of Harrach Law is an attorney with more than 15 years of experience emphasizing civil and commercial litigation. Her practice is focused on complex litigatio... read more
Chandler H.

Chandler Holsapple

2 reviews
I’m your law guru, business builder, and ultimate hype woman. I’m passionate about lots of things, but helping people build a life that brings them joy and elevates their... read more
Bijal P.

Bijal Patel-Weintraub

2 reviews
Bijal has two decades of experience in corporate environments and building and operating businesses. She utilizes this expertise to help her clients effectively and efficie... read more
Samuel R.

Samuel Rocereta

2 reviews
My career goal is to practice Transactional Corporate Law, including Business Start Up, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Intellectual Property Law and Environmental L... read more
Justin C.

Justin Clark

1 review
Justin Clark is a business attorney with experience in a wide variety of corporate legal practice areas. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona and received his degree in law after he graduated from the Arizona State University – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Justin is skilled in dealing with commercial contracts, as well as legal cases that involve labor and employment law. He has been the managing attorney of the J. Clark Law Firm since December 2013.
Dan Y.

Dan Yamauchi

Daniel Yamauchi is originally from Prescott, Arizona and is currently an associate at Shinnick & Ryan LLP. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2011 and the Arizona Bar Association in 2014. In the past, he has practiced at Warnock, MacKinlay & Carman, PPLC and under James D. Hoey, a trial attorney in San Diego.
Brent G.

Brent Gunderson

Attorney Brent Gunderson specializes in immigration law, trust and probate law, business law, and trust and estate planning law. He has been given the highest rating of AV from Martindale-Hubbell and is also a member of the Wealth Counsel. He is actively involved in other organizations and holds high-ranking positions within them. With over 29 years of experience, Attorney Gunderson can help you start your business, navigate the world of immigration, and even write out your will.
Brad D.

Brad Denton

Brent has been providing top quality legal work to the Greater Phoenix area in Arizona since 1987 without the increased costs and bureaucracy of larger law firms. At Gunderson, Denton & Peterson, PC, Brent practices primarily in the areas of business, trust and estate planning, trust and probate administration, and immigration law. He has Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of AV.
Elena C.

Elena Cottam

Elena is an attorney at Gunderston, Denton & Peterson, PC who mainly practices business, employment, and franchise law. She is dedicated to the firm and has worked in various positions since the beginning as a summer intern, office assistant, legal assistant, and now attorney. Elena is an Arizona native who enjoys traveling and spending time with her twin sister.
David G.

David Glynn

David Glynn has over eighteen years of experience creating and negotiating contracts. In total, he has negotiated contracts reaching a combined total of over $500 million. His focus is on representing athletes and coaches. Glynn Sports Management, LLC, his agency, is proudly founded on the principals of integrity, quality service, and loyalty.
David K.

David Klink

David Klink has been voted as one of the best health care attorneys in Arizona. He is also a representative of the licensing board and have been practicing law in Arizona for the past four years. David is also licensed to practice law in Nevada. He is currently a private practicing attorney, but has also worked with the Office of The Legal Advocate in 2010. David obtained a B.S. in Economics in 2008 and he completed his J.D. in Law at the University of Nevada three years later.
Trudy R.

Trudy Rushforth

Trudy Rushforth, an Attorney focusing on Disability Law and Employment Law, is currently the Manager and Owner of her own law firm. Previously, she did legal work for Epiq Systems. Representing clients before the Social Security Administration, she helps her clients attain SSI or SSDI benefits. She also has a background in HR, adding to the effectiveness of her Employment Law practice. Rushforth was awarded the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence and graduated from Law School in 2011.
Andy A.

Andy Anderson

After spending 4 years working for Titus Brueckner & Levine PLC, Andy Anderson is now an Attorney for Provident Law, PLLC. Serving both businesses and individuals, he aims to operate and protect this client's business ventures. When dealing with a startup, he counsels on choice of entity and agreements between founders during crucial initial stages. Anderson studied with the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law and graduated with his J.D. in 2009.
Jenifer P.

Jenifer Phelps

Jennifer Phelps is a corporate attorney with eight years of experience. She is licensed to practice law in Arizona and received her degree in law from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Jennifer primarily specializes in legal matters that involve commercial contracts. She is also experienced in providing legal assistance to start-up companies. Jenifer has been serving as a managing partner at The Storey Lawyers PLC since October 2016.

Legal Tips and Information



Qualities to Look for in a Startup Attorney


If you do not have experience working with an attorney in a professional environment, securing the right startup attorney for your business can seem like quite a difficult feat.  On UpCounsel, you’ll be given the opportunity to browse through hundreds of startup attorney listings in the Scottsdale area alone – in other words, you’ll have more-than-enough choice – but how do you separate the best startup attorneys in Scottsdale from those who provide merely average or mediocre services?


Knowledgeable About Changing Regulation


Skilled startup lawyers should not only have a precise understanding of currently applicable laws and regulation affecting your industry, but should also be aware of changing regulation in the space.  Interim rulemaking, draft regulation, and other matters involving administrative action and legislation have the potential to significantly influence the day-to-day operation of your business.  It’s therefore necessary that your attorney keeps himself or herself apprised of prospective regulatory shifts.


Willingness to Invest in the Client Relationship


It’s important that your startup attorney invests reasonable time and effort into the attorney-client relationship.  Try to avoid attorneys that treat engagement purely as a transaction.  Initially, your startup legal concerns may seem to require only “one-off” services – like drafting a single contract – but in many cases, your startup will benefit by expanding the scope of the working relationship over time.  As you may end up working with an attorney over a longer period of time than initially anticipated, look for an attorney who is friendly, engaged, and willing to advise on relevant strategic issues.


Open, Honest, and Transparent


Too many attorneys – especially those working in startup world – operate in a manner that is unfriendly to client interests.  Specifically, attorneys often pad their hours and fail to explain their work-product to the client.  When there is a lack of transparency, clients are expected to simply trust that the attorney has provided adequate services at a reasonable price.  Fortunately, the UpCounsel platform provides a level of forced transparency and empowers users to better assess the quality of services provided by a particular attorney.  Before you speak with an attorney, make sure to check their ratings and reviews on UpCounsel.



Important Contract Considerations


At every stage, your startup will almost certainly have to execute a variety of contracts – employment agreements, sale of goods contracts, service provision contracts, confidentiality agreements, and many, many others.  Your Scottsdale startup attorney must therefore be skilled and experienced at drafting contracts and explaining complicated/confusing provisions to you and your team.

Encourage your attorney to advise you on strategic issues, but do not rely solely on his or her assessment.  Make sure that you and your team fully understand the contracts you enter so that informed, open strategic decisions can be made.


As you begin drafting and executing contracts with your startup attorney, be aware of the possibility of including the following provisions – and don’t be shy about requesting further clarification, if necessary. 



Alternative Dispute Resolution


As a startup – particularly if you are in the earliest stages – it is generally a good idea to avoid lengthy, expensive litigation.  By drafting a contract that requires each party to accept alternative dispute resolution, you can avoid the costs (and potential damage to your brand) associated with traditional litigation.


The most common form of alternative dispute resolution is mandatory arbitration.  Arbitrations are private, and parties can be forced to sign confidentiality agreements regarding the content of an arbitration.  In a mandatory arbitration, a neutral arbitrator makes a judgment about the dispute.  The judgment is then confirmed by a court and applies with the full force of law.


Choice of Law


A choice of law provision can have a significant impact on the validity and interpretation of your contract.  Depending on what state law you select to govern the terms of the contract, portions of your contract may be deemed invalid.  Similarly, some states have statutory or case law that will lead to an alternative interpretation of certain provisions of your contract.  Make sure to consult with your startup attorney to ensure that the choice of law embedded in the contract is favorable to you.


Confidentiality Provisions


You may want to include confidentiality provisions preventing other parties from revealing the content of the contract to others.  The inclusion of a confidentiality provision is particularly useful if the content of the contract reveals information or processes that are unique to your startup.


Liquidated Damages Clause


In some cases, breach is a necessary strategic decision.  You (or another contracting party) may be stuck in a damaging contract.  Breach is perfectly reasonable in some circumstances, but the problem with breach is that costly litigation may follow (to determine the damages suffered).  To make breach more predictable, considering including a liquidated damages clause.  A liquidated damage clause essentially sets a fixed damage amount to be paid to the non-breaching parties by the breaching parties. 



Preparing for the Risks of Litigation


Litigation is often unavoidable.  At some point, your startup is likely to handle a dispute wherein litigation is perceived as necessary for the resolution of the dispute.  Though litigation is very often a net negative for a growing startup, there are several ways to minimize the damage wrought by costly litigation – and sometimes, to avoid it outright.


Strategizing Early


It’s important that you prepare for the inevitability of litigation, even if the risk is quite low.  Your startup attorney will be fundamental to these efforts.

First, make sure you restructure your startup in a form that limits the personal liability of you and your team.  By default, a business is structured as a sole proprietorship, and all owners are vulnerable to having their personal assets exposed to liability in the event of litigation.

Second, regularly assess areas of your growing business so that you are aware of certain aspects vulnerable to legal dispute.  For example, if you identify that one particular revenue channel of the business straddles the line of legality (under current regulations), you may want to resolve the issue before it becomes a problem.


Work closely with your attorney to strategize methods to minimize the risk of later dispute.


Outlet for Amicable Resolution


Internally, try to provide informal outlets for amicable resolution.  Too much employee agitation can lead to later, ugly litigation, which can cripple a startup before it gets off the ground.  As you grow your workforce, make sure to grow n adequate human resources department.  Your employees should feel comfortable knowing that they have internal advocates for their issues and concerns.


Negotiation vs. Aggressive Pursuit of Civil Action


Generally speaking, the attorney you use for litigation (whether it is the same startup attorney you hire for transactional work such as contract drafting, or a different attorney) should be comfortable with both soft negotiation tactics and more aggressive tactics.


Ideally, you can amicably resolve your legal disputes through negotiation, compromise, and settlement, but in the event that negotiation fails, your litigation attorney should be skilled and experienced in taking your dispute to the courtroom

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